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Biden takes the helm as president: 'Democracy has prevailed'

Biden takes the helm as president: 'Democracy has prevailed'

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation's historic confluence of crises.
Trump's pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters

Trump's pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters

WASHINGTON — A former congressman who pocketed millions of dollars in bribes from defence contractors. A Republican fundraiser who paid handsome sums to illicitly lobby a presidential administration.
With passion and fashion, Lady Gaga delivers powerful anthem

With passion and fashion, Lady Gaga delivers powerful anthem

A full-throated, supremely confident Lady Gaga belted out the national anthem at President Joe Biden's inauguration in a very Gaga way — with flamboyance, fashion and passion.
Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — His presidency over, Donald Trump bid farewell to Washington on Wednesday but also hinted at a comeback despite a legacy of chaos, tumult and bitter division in the country he led for four years. “Goodbye. We love you.
Football great Brian Urlacher's brother pardoned by Trump

Football great Brian Urlacher's brother pardoned by Trump

CHICAGO — The brother of Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher has been pardoned of federal charges that he recruited for a multimillion-dollar illegal offshore gambling ring, Casey Urlacher, the mayor of the tiny Chicago suburb of Met
Biden's inauguration goes off with no security issues

Biden's inauguration goes off with no security issues

WASHINGTON — Troops in riot gear lined the sidewalks, but there were no crowds. Armored vehicles and concrete barriers blocked empty streets. Miles of fencing cordoned off many of the nation's most familiar landmarks.
Vice-President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Vice-President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

WASHINGTON — Vice-President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation's second-highest office.
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: 'Even as we grieved, we grew.'

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: 'Even as we grieved, we grew.'

NEW YORK — Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew." In language referencing Biblical scripture and at times echoing the oratory of John F.
On Day One, Biden to undo Trump policies on climate, virus

On Day One, Biden to undo Trump policies on climate, virus

WASHINGTON — In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s policy legacy, signing a series of executive actions that will reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and han
Gas explosion rips through Madrid building, killing 3

Gas explosion rips through Madrid building, killing 3

MADRID — A powerful gas explosion tore through a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing at least three people and ripping the facade off the structure.